High Expectations, Unexpected Benefits: What Managers and Owners Think of Certification

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Interviews were conducted to determine the motives and record the experiences of US forest owners and managers whose forests were certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Nonindustrial private forest owners sought certification largely out of a commitment to forest stewardship; they consider the cost of meeting contract conditions part of the normal business of improving their practices. Industrial private, public, and professional resource managers expected a price premium for certified wood. Although higher profits haven't been realized, many of those surveyed said the certification process let them examine their practices without the political calculations that debates on forestry often trigger.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor and director, Forest Economics and Policy Analysis Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Forest Science Centre, 2nd fl., 2045-2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4

Publication date: February 1, 1999

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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